Posts Tagged ‘exhibit’


Jul15

CALL FOR ARTISTS: TOMODACHI x MT

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Greetings from TOMODACHI! We would like to invite you to participate in our call for artists for the upcoming TOMODACHI X mt art exhibit, happening August 29th at our Mall of America location.

What is mt, you ask? mt is a brand of washi rice paper masking tape produced by Japanese company Kamoi Kakoshi. mt tape comes in a huge variety of colors, patterns, and styles, and is designed to be easily aligned and repositioned for use in crafts, interior decoration, art installation and design. Consumers and artists worldwide use the tape for a wide variety of purposes, ranging from arts and crafts projects to large-scale international art exhibitions.

TOMODACHI has hosted a variety of art events and workshops over the years, and this time we’ve collaborated with mt to host an exhibit and mt launch party this coming August. This event will focus primarily on mt’s decorative tape and its use in creating art. mt has collaborated with many designers, companies and museum throughout the world, such as MoMA in New York City, the Maison & Objet in Paris, the Ambiente in Germany, Ikea Japan, Uniqlo Paris, Issey Miyake boutique and more.

WE WANT YOU!
This event will be held at our Mall of America store on August 29th, and will feature creations from a select number of talented artists and designers. The theme for the show is focused on the use of mt tape in art, so accepted artists will use mt tape (provided by TOMODACHI) to design something cool in the form of 2D pieces, 3D objects, fashion or even by covering a vehicle like a moped or bicycle — we want to hear your ideas!

SUBMISSIONS
To apply, send us an e-mail with a link to your online portfolio or photo album with work samples AND pitch us an idea of what you’d like to make. Tape will be provided compliments of TOMODACHI and each accepted artist will receive a special gift bag from the shop as a thank you for participation.

Submission Deadline: July 31st / 5pm

To apply e-mail: kate@publicfunctionary.org

Jun16

mt x TOMODACHI

2015 at 04:18 pm by admin | Comments Off

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This summer, TOMODACHI is bringing design to the Twin Cities in a big way, thanks to mt tape! TOMODACHI has collaborated with mt in order to bring a number of events, workshops, and competitions to our Mall of America store as well as Rosedale store this summer, and we’re excited to share them with all of you!

What is mt tape? mt is a brand of washi rice paper masking tape produced by Japanese company Kamoi Kakoshi, whom have been designing specialty paper adhesives since 1923. mt tape comes in a huge variety of colors, patterns, and styles, and is designed to be easily aligned and repositioned for use in crafts, interior decoration, and graphic design. Consumers and artists worldwide use the tape for a wide variety of purposes, ranging from arts and crafts projects to large-scale art exhibitions! Now, TOMODACHI is proud to be presenting mt tape this summer through a number of workshops and competitions!

Throughout the summer months, TOMODACHI will be hosting workshops every Satuday from June 27th to August 22nd, and will be demonstrating and teaching visitors how to experience and work with mt tape firsthand! This is FREE workshop and samples will be available at the event, so anyone can come participate!

Along with these free workshops, customers may opt to join our mt tape competition, in which TOMODACHI will hand out gift card prizes to our favorite entries! In order to participate in the competition, customers must purchase a special $5 template from either our MoA or Rosedale location, which can be customized, cut, and folded. Customers who purchase the template will also receive 25% off of mt tape for the entry! Entries must be submitted by August 22nd to qualify, and can be entered at either of our locations. The grand prize will be a $300 TOMODACHI gift card, while second and third place will receive a $100 card and $50 card respectively.

TOMODACHI will also be hosting an art event on August 29th, in which we will be presenting a number of mt-tape inspired art pieces. The pieces at the exhibition will be specially created by artists around the Twin Cities, and will truly show off the possibilities behind mt tape as an art form as well as decoration. The winners of our workshop contest will also be shown off at the event. We will be announcing more details and festivities at the event as we draw closer to the August date, so stay tuned for more info, and make sure to check out our weekly workshops!

Jun08

Yoshitomo Nara interactive exhibit at Hong Kong

2015 at 02:43 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Renowned Japanese artist Yohsitomo Nara has been keeping busy these past few months. With his recent exhibit, “Greetings from a Place in My Heart”, appearing in the United Kingdom last year, along with other exhibitions at Denmark and Berlin, Nara’s work is now on display in Hong Kong! In his newest show, titled “Life is Only One”, Nara has placed a wide variety of art, sketches, mixed media pieces, and sculptures on display at the Asia Society HK Center, and asks viewers to participate in a dialogue with the artist on his works. The exhibit itself also features a number of interactive elements and events for visitors to participate in, including a exhibit where visitors can draw their own emotions, and have them projected onto a scree with other visitors’ feelings, as well as free scavenger hunts and postcard giveaways! The exhibit opened its doors on March 6th, and will remain open until July 26th.

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Yoshitomo Nara, born in Hirosaki in 1959, is one of the most influential artists to emerge from Japan’s 1990s pop art movement. Studying at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in the 1980s, and at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Germany from 1988 to 1993, Nara has since assembled a cult-like following centered around his child-like illustrations. Drawing inspiration from the anime and manga characters that he was exposed to during his childhood, Nara creates characters, usually small children, who possess similar cartoon-like qualities, with highly stylized features and especially large eyes. However, Nara’s illustrations of children are often more menacing and devilish than they are cute and innocent. These images touch on broad social and cultural topics, such as violence and the rigidity of social structures in Japan. Since his first solo exhibition at Blum & Poe Gallery in 1984, Nara has had nearly 40 solo exhibitions worldwide, including Iceland, Japan, France, and the United States.

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May15

1600 Pandas+ debuts in South Korea this May

2015 at 12:07 pm by admin | Comments Off

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After a year under wraps, French artist Paulo Grangeon’s “1600 Pandas” installation exhibit has finally resurfaced in South Korea! The exhibit, now titled “1600 Pandas+”, has been rennovated to reflect the 17% increase in the worldwide panda population over the past 10 years, and features new papier mâché sculptures to match the current number of 1,864 pandas. A new addition to the South Korea exhibit will be the “Mom and Cub” statues, featuring a mother panda with her baby on its back!

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The exhibit, which most recently appeared in Hong Kong last June, has made its way around the over over the past 7 years, showing up in France, Taiwan, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and more. For its stop in South Korea, the swarm of adorable panda statues will debut on May 23rd at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, and will afterwards make surprise appearances in a number of locations across South Korea until the exhibit’s end on June 30th.

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May12

LEGO art on display at Minnesota

2015 at 03:20 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Cartoonist, designer and toy enthusiast Sean Kenney is set to unveil his craft in Minnesota this week with his brand-new LEGO themed exhibit, titled “Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks”! Kenney, who has worked as a LEGO artist for the past decade, will be showing off his installation pieces this Friday, May 15th, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minnesota. The collection is part of Kenney’s traveling collection of LEGO installations, and will feature 26 of his works, focusing on a nature-inspired theme to harmonize with the Arboretum’s environment. Some of the works are so large that they require a steel inner framework in order to keep them stable! The show will be open until August 30th, and will host hands-on events and activities throughout the duration of the exhibit.

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May06

Chiho Aoshima debuts solo exhibit at Seattle

2015 at 11:38 am by admin | Comments Off

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Chiho Aoshima, originally working as an artist under Takashi Murakami’s design team Kaikai Kiki, has pursued her own solo art career since 2005, using her iconic design style and themes to create a wide variety of pieces and installations. All of her work over the past decade has now come together under one roof with her newest solo exhibit, titled “Chiho Aoshima: Rebirth of the World”! This exhibit is currently on display at the Tateuchi Galleries of the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Washington, and opened its doors to visitors on May 2nd.

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The collection featues a selection of Aoshima’s work from the past 10 years, including her “City Glow” installation piece which wowed audiences worldwide when it debuted in New York City’s Union Square in 2005. The collection also features new pieces from Aoshima alongside beloved classics, including 35 brand-new drawings, as well as plexiglass prints. Aoshima will even debut a never-before-seen animation piece serving as a follow-up to “City Glow”, titled “Takaamanohara”. On top of the exhibit itself, the museum will be hosting a family event, where visitors can join Aoshima in creating a unique collage piece! “Rebirth of the World” will remain open until October 4th, 2015, making it a perfect exhibit to check out over the summertime.

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Mar04

Dubai plans for future-themed museum

2015 at 12:50 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Dubai officials have announced the planned construction of a brand-new museum in the popular coastal city, titled the “Museum of the Future”! The museum, which is scheduled to be open to the public in 2017, will function as both an exhibit space for prototypes and technology, as well as its own design and technological facility for creating innovative new tech. A video was released alongside the announcement, showing off the ring-like design of the building, as well as potential exhibits and locales for visitors and employees alike. While still only in the planning stages, you can check out an in-depth look at the potential behind this new museum in the video below, and wait patiently for its real-life opening in a couple years’ time.

Jan11

One Piece 3D Exhibit to open in Hong Kong

2015 at 04:31 pm by admin | Comments Off

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A brand-new One Piece exhibit has just been announced to appear at the Hong Kong 3D Museum later this year! The exhibit will open its doors in March 2015, and will launch alongside the recently announced Tokyo One Piece Tower amusement park and attraction center in Japan. While not much is yet known about the exhibit itself, the Hong Kong 3D Museum has been known for its unique 3D art and dioramas, using creative depth-of-field tricks and interactive art to create one-of-a-kind photo opportunities. With popular One Piece characters coming to the museum this March, it will definitely be an event for fans to keep an eye on!

Nov06

Universal Studios brings Evangelion and Titans to life

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Universal Studios Japan, one of the four global Universal Studios theme parks, is looking to open the new year in a cool new way with a variety of attractions dedicated to various anime and video games! Located in the Osaka Prefecture, the theme park has announced these attractions for its upcoming Universal Cool Japan event, which will run at the park from January 23rd to May 10, 2015. Included in these attractions is a themed attraction based on the popular mecha anime Neon Genesis Evangelion! The new type, titled “Evangelion the Real 4D”, well take place in the Universal Studio Cinema 4D theater, which features moving seats alongside smoke, mist, wind, and other sensory effects to immerse viewers in the ride. The Evangelion attraction will feature an original story in the Evangelion universe, in which visitors spectate a battle between Eva Unit 01 and a giant Angel from a large helicopter. The exhibit will also featured 3D footage, and will even feature an unknown unique kind of Eva!

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On top of that, Universal has also announced a statue commemorating the recent manga and anime series Shingeki no Kyojin, otherwise known as Attack on Titan! The statue will recreate the battle between protagonist Eren Yeager in his Titan form against the equally-massive Female Titan. The statues will be life-size, and will stand 50 feet tall! The statues will be accessible to all visitors of the site, and Universal will also be planning walk-through tours around the statues. On top of the Evangelion and Titan exhibits, attractions are also planned based on the Resident Evil Series, titled Biohazard in Japan, along with the popular Monster Hunter franchise. These cool events and more planned to open next year, with news about each to be released in the following months.

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Oct30

Hello Kitty Con opens to excited crowds

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The moment awaited by Hello Kitty fans across the world has finally arrived: the first official Hello Kitty Con has opened its doors! Located at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles, California, the con has been widely anticipated since its announcement earlier this year, and anticipates over 25,000 visitors from all over the world during the weekend-long event! The Con opened its doors late Wednesday night to select VIP visitors, and has since opened its doors to all visitors. The Hello Kitty Con stands as a tribute to Hello Kitty, who is celebrating her 40th anniversary this year, and includes a number of exhibits, attractions, merchandise, and activities to help celebrate the occasion.

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Some attractions at the con include giant replicas of classic Hello Kitty merchandise, including her original 1974 vinyl coin purse, as well as miniature kitchens, teacups, and other photo op attractions around the show floor. There are also exhibits located within the Con which tailor to specific types of Hello Kitty merchandise from the past 40 years, ranging from fashion to food to collectibles. A variety of exclusive, limited edition collectibles are also available at the event, ranging from figures, apparel, jewelry, make-up, and more.

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The Con will also be host to Hello Kitty-themed entertainment as well as merchandise! Attendees can visit the an interactive arcade, where a number of Hello Kitty carnival games await, as well as photo booths and gift corners. The Con will also host a sneak peek at Sanrio’s latest Hello Kitty stage show, titled “Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival”, which will hit stages worldwide in 2015. A number of panels and talks will also be held throughout the show, including talks from Hello Kitty museum curator Dr. Christine Yano, as well as talks hosted by fans and other authorities on everything Hello Kitty. There will even be tattoo parlors stationed around the convention for dedicated adult fans to get inked up with some iconic Hello Kitty graphics!

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The Hello Kitty Con comes as the new Hello Kitty museum exhibit, “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty”, opened earlier this month in Los Angeles, and is part of a city-wide celebration of the character. Including restaurant promotions, hotel decorations, and more, Los Angeles is definitely the place to be for any die-hard Hello Kitty fan this weekend! But don’t fret if you can’t make it; the Hello Kitty Con is planned to travel across the nation and worldwide over the next three to five years, so keep your eyes open for more news!

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